A blind, diabetic 10-year-old Maltese dog from Los Angeles named Mikey has found a new home in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Maltese dog names Mikey took a 2,200-kilometer flight to start a new life with new owner Carol Albrecht, who recently lost her two dogs.
Mikey’s previous owners gave him up for adoption since after they lost their home, and a local shelter would do no good for this Maltese dog as he needs special care due to his blindness and diabetes.
After Carol saw a video of Mikey from a Facebook page called Muffin’s Halo for Blind Dogs of Silvie Bordeaux she volunteered to take him in.
Incidentally, there were also countless others who also saw the video and were eager to adopt the Maltese dog.
Owners caring for dogs with diabetes, like Mikey, need to observe some basic rules, such as the following:
- Give him meals and treats that are low in fat and carb with high fiber. It includes vegetables such as broccoli, string beans, cauliflower, string beans, and cucumber, which may be either fresh, cooked, or frozen.
- Do not overfeed. While your dog may be asking for more food, remember that it is best managed by portion control.
- Observe meal schedules. By feeding your dog the same time each day, the dog’s blood sugar levels become stabilized, which in turn keeps his insulin dosage consistent.
- Give your dog plenty of exercises since it also helps stabilize his blood sugar levels and insulin dosage.
- If your dog is overweight, you should make sure he loses weight. Weight loss may eliminate or reduce daily insulin injections.
The new owners will also have to deal with Mikey’s blindness, including fitting him with a halo, shown in the following YouTube video by Silvie Bordeaux:
But the logistics of getting Mikey him from Los Angeles to Edmonton was also an issue. It’s a good thing that he found a sponsor in WagAware, a charitable group dedicated to providing homeless dogs a chance to find homes, who pledged $1,000 to cover Mikey’s travel expenses.
Thus, Bourdeaux said the adoption was a fairy tale ending for the Maltese dog, just like the slogan they follow in her group, which is “Fairy tales do come true for blind dogs.”